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Harlow Stories - Issue 1

NETWORKING Story: “I hate networking with a passion. I hate being forced to engage with people. I find the best contacts I’ve made networking are the ones where we’ve connected on a professional or even personal level with something in common, a shared interest or situation.” The moral: The best and most successful networkers are listeners.

EVENTS Harlow & District Chamber of Commerce The HDCC promotes a number of events throughout Harlow: www.harlowchamber.co.uk/events. For more information, contact us on 01279 271104 Harlow BNI Meets every Tuesday at the Park Inn Hotel at 6:30 for a 7am start. BNI networking follows a strict agenda designed to maximise results – a formula that has proven itself over many years. If interested please contact Robin Stretton on robin@bnisoutheast.co.uk Harlow Professionals Meets on the last Friday of the month at the Park Inn Hotel. This is an informal meeting with no need to book – just turn up with loads of business cards and enjoy the (free) lunch with other Harlow professionals.

If you would like to list an event or business networking opportunity in the next issue of Stories please get in touch:

WIBN Harlow Women in Business Networking meets at Miller and Carter in Harlow. This women-only event meets at midday one Tuesday each month. More information can be found at www.wibn.co.uk/groups-members/harlow

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Just outside of Harlow… Stansted Business Breakfast Informal and friendly networking group which meets at the Radisson Blu Hotel at Stansted Airport every second Friday at 7am. Contact Eric Chorley on 01279 324837

Given our experience of networking we’ve come up with the following top tips: • Do LinkedIn with those you connect with – you can download your LinkedIn contacts spreadsheet if you did want to use your contacts as a database later. • First impressions count, there’s no excuse for poor personal hygiene – you know who you are! • It’s really worth getting a VA to build a quick database of all of the business cards you’ve collated over the years, not only can it really help de-clutter your office it also gets rid of one of those hideous ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ jobs we all have! • Do ask to be introduced to others by existing business contacts. • Don’t treat everyone like a potential customer from the offset (it’s off-putting), and don’t just shake hands – give a business card and move on (it’s rude!), or get drunk – it’s not a great look!

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Stansted Business Forum This group meets at the Ash Pub on the first Friday of the month and is friendly and informative. Contact Peter James on 01279 813318 BeCollaboration Run by Harlow based business owner, Jill Tiney BeCollaboration meets around London, Herts, Essex and Surrey. For more information visit www.becollaboration.com MEETUP & EVENTBRITE There are fantastic resources for info on the latest and closest events, they even select relevant gatherings based on your personal interests. PREPARE A PITCH

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Stories Magazine for Harlow and District Chamber of Commerce